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Oct 25, 2015

Recovery Share: Should I Be Happier?

The other day somebody asked me how things are going, and I told him, “Well, the job is good, I just got back from leading a tour in Italy, my relationship is terrific, I’m paying down my debt, I’ve been out hiking a little, and my health is good.” And all of that is true. […]

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Who are we dealing with here?
Mar 10, 2015

Recovery Share: Self-Awareness and Step 4

Didn’t get a chance to share in a meeting this morning, but here’s what I would have said, the topic being Step 4 and those “misdirected instincts.” “Creation gave us instincts for a purpose. … Yet these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceeded their proper functions. Powerfully, blindly, many times subtly, they […]

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Life is like a walk in the mountains.
Jan 04, 2015

Recovery Share: When the Magic Just Isn’t There

One of my favorite metaphors for life is that it’s like a walk in the mountains: sometimes you’re going up, sometimes you’re going down. To take it a couple steps further: sometimes it’s actually hard to tell if you’re going up or down, much less what’s coming next. Sometimes we’re surprised by our progress, when […]

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... and it shall arrive.
Dec 22, 2014

On Asking for Help

There’s a pretty standard part of every recovery story, and it’s certainly a part of mine: that time when you hit bottom, realize you’re screwed, and then finally become ready to seek help. What happened to me was that I had built up a serious belief system in my head; the main message was, “This […]

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One at a time, buddy!
Nov 30, 2014

On Momentum and Doing the Simple Things

See if this sounds familiar: I am sitting here thinking of this really big, important, kind of overwhelming, scary, exciting thing I’m supposed to be doing … and I’m deciding to do something else. In my case, the big thing is a book proposal for an agent who asked to see it. This is like […]

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What are you up to in there?
Nov 16, 2014

On Motivations, and Honesty With Self

The other day I was headed into a conversation with a friend, when I caught myself getting excited about one particular thing we might be talking about: drama involving other people. Basically, this friend of mine is involved in a situation which I have avoided because of its high potential for drama, but then I […]

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Overreaction? Sure. Doesn't mean it's uncommon.
Nov 09, 2014

Recovery Share: Thoughts On Catastrophizing

One of the amazing things about how my mind works, or doesn’t, is its ability to catastrophize. I don’t know how common that word is outside of recovery circles, so I’ll explain briefly. This month I had a $150 expense which I forgot to account for, so a couple days ago when I thought I […]

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I mean ... yay, another growth opportunity!
Oct 19, 2014

Recovery Share: Oh, Those Character Defects

I was in a meeting the other night where Step 6 was the topic, and when the book came around, this is what I got to read: In reality, many of our lives were full of strife. It felt like life was a war—us against them. There was a fierce competition for power, wealth, ideas, […]

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from artinlove.com
Oct 12, 2014

Me and My Skeptic

The only thing I remember from my first 12-step meeting is a feeling. Before the meeting, I was scared, confused, embarrassed, and depressed. But in the meeting, I felt that I was in the right place. There really was no thought associated with it, other than “These people are like me, and they are sober, […]

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Sep 21, 2014

Recovery Share: When Pills Really are the Answer

Even before I got into recovery, I always had a serious aversion to taking pills. I can’t say exactly what it was about, considering all the other toxic crap I put into my system. All I know is that pills, along with needles and anything that went up my nose, always freaked me out – […]

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